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THE learned deputy president of the Senate and chairman, Senate Committee on Constitution Review, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, CFR, recently suggested the re-enactment of the doctrine of necessity for the extension of the term of President Goodluck Jonathan and the terms of all the serving Governors by two years (from

A RUMP of the Rivers State House of Assembly met in the auditorium of the Rivers State Government House (in the executive arm of the Rivers State Government, outside, that is to say, of its designated Chambers) on Monday, January 6, 2014, to receive the State's 2014 Appropriation Bill, which it also passed and became Law

“A constitution  resembles a sharp pencil of light which brightly illuminates a limited area of a country's political life before fading into a penumbra where the features are obscured  even if that surrounding darkness may conceal what are the most potent and significant elements of the political process” ── Prof. S.E. Finer.

WITH the exception of Britain, Israel and New Zealand, almost every state in the world today possesses a written constitution. Constitutions are codes of rules designed to regulate the allocation of functions, duties and powers among the various agencies and officers of government, and to define relationships between these and the public.

To a federal system of government, like the United States of America and Germany, for instance, a written constitution is a desideratum devoutly to be wished. This is because it helps the allocation of powers between the component parts of the federation (the Lander) and the central government. If this is so in societies where the laws are felt in foro interno and not just by reason of their sanctions, a federation in an under-developed nation-space, like Nigeria, a fortiori, has to be governed by a written constitution.

THE Cold War may be over, but superpower rivalry is back. As a result, the international community's capacity to unite in the face of major global challenges remains as deficient as ever.
Nowhere is this more clearly reflected than in the case of Syria. What was supposed to be a coordinated effort to protect civilians from ruthless repression and advance a peaceful transition  the plan developed by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan  has now degenerated into a proxy war between the United States and Russia.

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